The small island country of Seychelles is an archipelago of over 100 islands and has a total land area of only 452 sq. km. However, the islands of the country are spread far and wide forming an Exclusive Economic Zone that covers a total area of 1,336,559 sq. km.
The country has two major island groups - the Mahé group and the Outer Islands. The former comprises of over 40 islands that with a granitic mountainous topography. The latter has over 70 islands which are flat and coralline but largely uninhabited due to the lack of sufficient freshwater resources. The highest point in the country, the 905 m high Morne Seychellois, is situated on the main and largest island of the country, Mahé.
Seychelles has 26 administrative districts. In alphabetical order, these are Anse aux Pins, Anse Boileau, Anse Etoile, Anse Royale, Au Cap, Baie Lazare, Baie Sainte Anne, Beau Vallon, Bel Air, Bel Ombre, Cascade, English River, Glacis, Grand' Anse (on Mahe), Grand' Anse (on Praslin), Inner Islands, Les mamelles, Mont Buxton, Mont Fleuri, Plaisance, Pointe Larue, Port Glaud, Roche Caiman, Saint Louis, Takamaka. The 26th district is the Outer Islands which was recognized as a district in recent years by the country's tourism department.
Three districts English River, Mont Fleuri, and Saint Louis (shown on the map above) together comprise the national capital of Victoria.
An archipelagic island country in the Somali Sea region of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is located in the Southern and Eastern Hemispheres of the Earth. Itis located around 1,600 km off the eastern coast of Kenya in mainland Africa. It is located to the northeast of Madagascar, another island country of Africa. Other major islands near Seychelles include Comoros and Mauritius to the south, and Maldives to the east.
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|Legal Name||Republic of Seychelles|
|4 37 S, 55 27 E|
|Independence||29 June 1976 (from the UK)|
|Total Area||455 km2|
|Land Area||455 km2|
|Water Area||0 km2|
|Total Border||0 km|
|Climate||Tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late may to september); warmer season during northwest monsoon (march to may)|
|Coordinates||4 35 S, 55 40 E|
|Mean Elevation||0 m|
|Lowest Elevation||0 m|
|Highest Elevation||905 m|
|Ethnic Groups||predominantly creole (mainly of East African and Malagasy heritage); also French, Indian, Chinese, and Arab populations|
|Languages||Seychellois Creole (official) 89.1%, English (official) 5.1%, French (official) 0.7%, other 3.8%, unspecified 1.4% (2010 est.)|
|Religions||Roman Catholic 76.2%, Protestant 10.5% (Anglican 6.1%, Pentecostal Assembly 1.5%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.2%, other Protestant 1.7%), other Christian 2.4%, Hindu 2.4%, Muslim 1.6%, other non-Christian 1.1%, unspecified 4.8%, none 0.9% (2010 est.)|
|Currency||Seychelles rupees (SCR)|
|GDP Per Capita||$17,401.72|
|Exports||Canned tuna, frozen fish, petroleum products (reexports)|
This page was last updated on September 14, 2020